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January 24, 2013

New Albany man charged for stalking, confinement

Arrest of man comes after string of odd encounters

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany man and former owner of an area business is in jail on felony charges of stalking and criminal confinement.

Charles Conner, 63, of 2344 Corydon Pike, a previous owner of the Conner family jewelry business on Spring Street in New Albany, is accused of harassing a 43-year-old hair dresser for nearly a year after their intimate relationship ended in 2011.

The Office of the Floyd County Prosecutor filed charges Jan. 17 on grounds that in August 2012 Conner made threats to his ex-girlfriend that he would pour acid on her face and cut off her breasts. During the same incident, he is believed to have held the woman against her will in his home and placed a pillow over her head without her consent before letting her go, according to the probable-cause affidavit.

He was arrested by the New Albany Police Department Sunday, Jan. 20, and booked into the Floyd County Jail, where he remains.

The woman told police that she ended the relationship with Conner in March 2011, and that their relationship remained amicable until she began a relationship with another person in February 2012. By the end of the year, she would take out a protective order and file four police reports regarding harassment from Conner.

The woman provided police with a handwritten statement describing her relationship and experiences with Conner involving an incident in August 2012 when she was living in a home that she rented from him.

“Charles Conner came to her residence in a rage and loudly banged on her front door and windows,” according to the affidavit. “[The woman] allowed him into the house believing that he would not stop.”

The document continues that once Conner was in the home he repeatedly asked for sex, but the woman refused. The woman moved into her sister’s New Albany home later that week, police reported, but the phone calls and text messages continued.

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